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    Hello, Teachers.

    I was confused about the difference between subject and object in some contexts. For example, which should be used in the following phrases?

    the subject/object of ridicule
    the subject/object of attention
    the subject/object of study
    the subject/object being processed

    It would be very nice if you could give me some explanation about the difference.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Hello, Teachers.

    I was confused about the difference between subject and object in some contexts. For example, which should be used in the following phrases?

    the subject/object of ridicule
    the subject/object of attention
    the subject/object of study
    the subject/object being processed

    It would be very nice if you could give me some explanation about the difference.

    Thank you in advance.

    Enydia :)
    Hi,
    Some people would use them interchangeably.
    I think subject is more often used for people, or animate things, things that act. So you observe a man running, or a cat licking its paws; and the man or the cat is the subject of your observation.
    "The cat was the subject of my attention."
    I would use object for a rock, a painting, any inanimate thing.
    "The painting was the sole object of my attention."

    Someone else might have a different idea.

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    Subject of study
    The area; e.g., World's Poorest.

    Object of study
    The focus (i.e., the reason you're studying or investigating it); e.g., to figure out how some of the world's poorest people manage their money in order to see if they can use new technology to save and transfer wealth in ways that are safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Subject of study
    The area; e.g., World's Poorest.

    Object of study
    The focus (i.e., the reason you're studying or investigating it); e.g., to figure out how some of the world's poorest people manage their money in order to see if they can use new technology to save and transfer wealth in ways that are safe.
    Hmm, I would call the second the "objective of the study", or at least, the "object of the study". endyia's question seems to be how do your determine whether what you are studying is an object or a subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    endyia's question seems to be how do your determine whether what you are studying is an object or a subject.
    And I answered the 3rd one in the list:

    the subject/object of ridicule
    the subject/object of attention
    the subject/object of study
    the subject/object being processed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    And I answered the 3rd one in the list:

    the subject/object of ridicule
    the subject/object of attention
    the subject/object of study
    the subject/object being processed
    If you say so. Only enydia knows what she intended, but I decided to answer the question asked. I took the four phrases as being four examples of the same basic question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If you say so. Only enydia knows what she intended, but I decided to answer the question asked. I took the four phrases as being four examples of the same basic question.
    Dear Teacher Raymott,
    Are you criticizing my unclear expression?

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    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Dear Teacher Raymott,
    Are you criticizing my unclear expression?
    No, not at all! I think your question was clear and very well put, and I hope I interpreted it correctly. The only issue is that Soup has interpreted it in a different way.

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